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One of the world’s most famous love stories comes to vibrant life in this lavish production filled with stunning scenery and a once in a lifetime cast! Nicknamed “Camille,” the beautiful Marguerite (Greta Scacchi, Brideshead Revisited) sacrifices her honor to become a high society escort who only entertains the richest men in Paris. However, the young and dashing Armand Duval (Academy Award® nominee Colin Firth, A Single Man) falls hopelessly in love with her and determines to win her heart. As their love blossoms, Armand’s father (Academy Award® winner Ben Kingsley, Gandhi) feels Marguerite is unworthy of his son and begins to interfere… while Marguerite has a shocking secret of her own that will alter the course of their lives forever. Also starring Academy Award® John Gielgud (Arthur), Denholm Elliott (A Room with a View), and Billie Whitelaw (Quills), this Emmy Award-winning gem from the director of Clash of the Titans is an unforgettable romance for the ages.
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The movie with a "very handsome" Young "Colin Firth" fell in love with a country girl just as she first arrived in the streets of Paris having run away from a miserable country life; she wanted the lavish life style which she got. He sees this country girl when she arrives in Paris and there is instant attraction.
As a sickly young woman "Consumptive" she finds her best avenue for a meal is an unscrupulous artist who takes her as a lover and paints her on canvas. A wealthy man buys the painting aquiring her in the bargain. Our hero meets her again and the attraction is so strong that she decides to leave her life style. Things do not go quite as she planned and "our hero" leaves her over a disagreement for some time; only to return as she lay on her death bed. He finds her before she dies and spends the rest of his life visiting her grave on the anniversary of her death. He is well off as an educated man but we know nothing of his life after her death or even before they parted when the couple went separate ways bitterly. The local gossip monger sends him to her death bed. ...The story is a bitter sweet one but for the true romantic it is a feast for the eyes on the time period settings, clothing and custom of every rommantic ideal that has ever floated out of Paris France and its lovely countryside as it must have offered.Read more ›
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The character of Camille was not well formed. She gave a sub-par performance. Firth seemed stilted and robotic at times.
The story line was a good one, and the potential for it being much more fleshed out would have made it much more endearing. So, it left me feeling like I wasted 100 minutes of my day.
So, chalk it up to one not so hot purchase.
I'll loan it to my daughter, with whom I LOVE to watch movies like this, but with a forwarning not to expect too much.
I would recommend saving the $$$ and watching Pride and Prejudice again!
The reviewers who were "shocked" by the "immorality" evidently needed a lesson in history. This film is a period piece. The protagonist Marguerite was a courtesan--essentially a high-class prostitute. What did they expect? She was a "companion" for men of the upper-crust whose time was paid for in money, jewelry and other expensive gifts.
As a made-for-TV film of the 1980s, the budget (as mentioned) is not as lavish as a film from the silver screen, but the film still conveys the life of the aristocracy (the young lover was a duke and the son of a duke) and the demimonde in Paris of the mid-19th century.
If you are a fan of literature of the Romantic period or enjoy costumed films, you will enjoy this.
Great to see an very under valued Greta Scacchi work as she is a class actress.